Cataract and survival in an elderly nondiabetic population

J R Thompson, J M Sparrow, J M Gibson, A R Rosenthal

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Follow-up ranging between 6 and 8 years of the survival of a cohort of 473 elderly nondiabetic subjects randomly selected from a small English town showed an age- and sex-adjusted association between nuclear cataract at the time of baseline examination and decreased survival (P = .002). Comparing those with and without nuclear cataract, the adjusted relative hazard for death was 1.52 (95% confidence interval, 1.15 to 1.99). This effect remained virtually unchanged when also adjusted for whether the subject reported ever having been a smoker.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)675-9
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Ophthalmology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1993


  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cataract
  • Cohort Studies
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • England
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Lens Nucleus, Crystalline
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Random Allocation
  • Survival Rate


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